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Yoga for Golfers: 3 Poses You Should Practice
Yoga for Golfers: 3 Poses You Should Practice
In golf, every detail matters. Having a slight advantage can make the difference between an enjoyable day on the course or a disappointing one. Golfers want to eliminate strokes as well as pain so they can continue playing the game they love for many years. Yoga can offer this advantage by increasing flexibility, range of motion in the joints and honing mental concentration.

Yoga for Cyclists: 3 Poses You Should Practice
Yoga for Cyclists: 3 Poses You Should Practice
Many of my yoga students are cyclists who practice yoga to alleviate muscle tightness from logging long hours in the saddle. A yoga practice focused on flexibility, core strength and balance can be a perfect cross-training workout for the avid cyclist. Competitive triathlete Molly McCorkle used to suffer pain in her lower back and hips when she took long rides training for half-Ironman triathlons.

Yoga for Triathletes: 3 Poses You Should Practice
Yoga for Triathletes: 3 Poses You Should Practice
Many triathletes have told me they would love to try yoga but can't squeeze it into their intense training regimens. The swimming, biking and running leaves little time in a triathlete's schedule, but those who find time for yoga agree the benefits can be considerable.

Yoga for Runners: 3 Poses You Should Practice
Yoga for Runners: 3 Poses You Should Practice
In my role as a yoga instructor, I've been able to help numerous runners who are seeking to cross-train, improve flexibility and alleviate pain they experience during and after running.

Why Every Athlete Should Practice Yoga
Why Every Athlete Should Practice Yoga
As a private trainer and yoga instructor, I meet a lot of athletes and workout fanatics. When asked if yoga is part of their workouts, many athletes will tell me they don't have the time to add yoga to their already intense training schedules. Some say they don't see how "stretching and breathing" would be of any benefit to them. Others say they've discovered yoga while recuperating from an injury.

is there such a thing as aging gracefully in yoga
is there such a thing as aging gracefully in yoga
Yoga is a beautiful thing, but the older I get, the more I wonder if we can age gracefully in spandex.

Men: How to crush any workout and win more with yoga
Men: How to crush any workout and win more with yoga
If you’re a guy who grew up in America, you most likely competed in sports. It’s part of our upbringing and a large part of who we are as a culture. Sports prepare you for life. They teach work ethic, how to win respectfully and how to lose with dignity and seek redemption. We like to work hard, physically compete and earn our victories. As the yoga trainer for Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union and other professional athletes, I’m inspired to hear them rave about the benefits of yoga on their athletic performance.

Survival tips for beginners
Survival tips for beginners
I love teaching beginners. Here are seven easy tips to help you survive your first yoga classes.

Integrity
Integrity
I wrote this blog last night and then completely changed it this morning as the ultimate test of my own integrity came into play … as the themes always do.

The 4 Kinds of Yoga
The 4 Kinds of Yoga
If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big advocate of practicing your yoga in whatever way works best for you.

Yoga Extremism
Yoga Extremism
Polarization seems rampant across all sectors of modern life. Debates on money, politics, religion, and even yoga, readily devolve into diametrically opposed camps. Moderate voices are lost in the din of intolerance and most folks understandably turn away from the discussion with disgust or lament. But without someone staking the middle ground, and others who embrace and support it, chances are the problems of the day will continue unabated.

Yoga is absolutely ordinary
Yoga is absolutely ordinary
My daily yoga practice is absolutely ordinary. It is as ordinary and common place as brushing my teeth.

And Now for Something completely different: reality
And Now for Something completely different: reality
Are we working out? Or are we working in? When I was asked what I’d like to see in a yoga magazine, I said without hesitation: Reality.

Unfolding Time with Vedic Astrology
Unfolding Time with Vedic Astrology
What is Vedic Astrology? Jyotisha, or Vedic astrology, is the ancient astrology of India. It has an unbroken lineage going back over five thousand years. Jyotisha is derived from the Sanskrit word Jyoti meaning “light”. Thus, Jyotisha is often referred to as the science of light, for it helps us to see the past, present and future clearly as well as giving us insight into who we are and how to best actualize our potential.

The YogaDownload.com Top 10: Your Fave Online Yoga Classes
The YogaDownload.com Top 10: Your Fave Online Yoga Classes
We have thousands of classes, whether you’re looking for a specific teacher or anatomical focus or just want to see what’s out there. These are the classes you gravitate to the most – your top downloads this year. Try them all to see what your fellow YogaDownloaders are loving!

7 Reasons Men Should Do Yoga: Gentlemen Get on Your Mats
7 Reasons Men Should Do Yoga: Gentlemen Get on Your Mats
While women are still the majority in yoga classes, there's a strong movement of men not only trying yoga, but striving both on and off the mat.

Yoga is for Everyone: Especially if You're Not Perfect
Yoga is for Everyone: Especially if You're Not Perfect
You have probably already heard or read about it, yoga seems to be everywhere these days. There are a lot of pre-conceived notions about what yoga is, ranging from a strenuous, acrobatic endeavor only for the very strong and flexible; to some sort of new age, spiritual practice where you sit around chanting. Sure, those are out there, but the vast majority of yoga classes are fun, relaxing and full of normal, practical people just like you.

Spring Clean from the Inside Out
Spring Clean from the Inside Out
Spring is almost here. The grass is getting greener, the days longer and brighter and the weather is getting warmer. This change in season is the perfect time to reawaken and rejuvenate from a long winter of hibernating indoors. This is a perfect time to bring back freshness into every aspect of your life. So let's spring it on to a better way of living by clearing away all the clutter that no longer serves you and cleaning house from the inside out.

What is Yoga Anyway?
What is Yoga Anyway?
This Fall I celebrated the twenty-first anniversary of my very first yoga class. As a college freshman, I somewhat arbitrarily signed up for yoga as a “physical education” elective. My sweet grandma had been practicing yoga for years, so I had a vague knowledge of what it was all about, but I had no idea how much that that one course would end up influencing my life. Since first walking into that college gym, I have gone on to study various styles of yoga with many wonderful teachers, taught yoga in different capacities for over ten years, and owned two yoga studios on opposite corners of Colorado.

Yoga for the Gold
Yoga for the Gold
Do you have Sochi fever, YogaDownloaders? Seeing the world gather in one place, in a global celebration of fitness and human potential, has been truly inspiring. We've been watching all of it: the figure skating, the snowboarding, the luging, even the curling. And what we've seen in almost every event is YOGA. Maybe we’re watching the games through yoga-colored lenses, but every event reminds us of the asanas. Yoga is not about competition, but what we practice on the mat – strength, balance, focus, flexibility, awareness, stillness – will help make us more potent and powerful skaters, skiers, lugers, curlers. So without further ado, please enjoy this round up of Sochiasana, with YogaDownload classes to help you reveal these poses in your own practice.